Woods High School Senior Thesis Presentations 2022

Senior Thesis is both a culmination and a commencement. It represents the culmination of our seniors’ work, giving students the opportunity to apply interdisciplinary knowledge to original research, which means that all that the students have learned and experienced will be brought to bear on their final paper. Senior Thesis is also a commencement, the start of work the students may continue in the years ahead. The goal of Senior Thesis is to afford students the opportunity to do lasting, meaningful work that they will continue to pursue at the university level.

The final paper is 20-40 pages in length and consists of two parts: a literature review that puts the students’ unique questions in the context of the history of thought and current research, followed by an original thesis, in which the students pose their own solution to the question they have been asking. In this process, students are reminded of library procedures, techniques of computer research, compiling references, and methods for finding, evaluating, and recording material.

Students become familiar with the major writers and works within their particular area of research. Students also work with experts in their field or subject of interest in the Senior Internship, which is closely coordinated with Senior Thesis to provide for one-on-one guidance with a mentor. As a final “examination” and celebration, students present their thesis to the school community.

Following are the titles of the 2021-2022 Senior Thesis Presentations:

“The Nighttime, Sniffing, Sneezing, Coughing, Aching, Fever…and There’s Still No Cure: Despite Breakthroughs in Medicine, Why Are There Still No Cures for Common Diseases?”

“The Future of America: What Criteria Must be Met to Avoid the Tipping Point of Political Polarization”

“Why Aren’t Alternative Treatments Used in Psychiatry More Often?  A Story of Industry Overreach, Controversy, and Misunderstanding That Managed to Control an Entire Field of Study”

“Human Impact on Marine Life: The Relationship between Humans and Marine Life has Worsened Since The Ice Age”

“Recipe for a Serial Killer: Manufacturing an Environment to Remove the Possibility of Creating a Killer”

“Breaking Physics: The Future of Quantum Mechanics and Its Impact on Everyday Life”

“The Nature of Reality: Implications of Non-Duality of Quantum Physics”

“The Human Need: How Humans’ Innate Creativity is the Origin of Art”

“Is 3D Bioprinting the Future of Surgery?”

“CrypNOcurrency: An In-depth Analysis of the Speculative Nature and Long-term Viability of Cryptocurrency”

“Posters for the People: How Graphic Design Impacts Activism and Social Justice”

“A House Divided: Why the Nature of 21st Century Activism Necessitates Structured Movements”

“Breaking the Limits of Leadership: The Cultural Transition of Women from Cubicle to Corner Office”

“Bach and the Fugue – What Makes Bach’s Fugues So Special Using a Proto-Thematic Perspective, Schenkerian Theory, and Musico-Rhetorical Theory”

“The Sport of perfectionism: How Stereotypes in Media Perpetuate Unhealthy Expectations About Athletes”

“Go With Your Gut: An Evolutionary Approach to the Value of the Unconscious Mind in Decision Making”

“Using the History of Gender/Sex Discrimination in Medicine and Psychology to Explain the Lack of Awareness Surrounding Inattentive-Type ADHD in Women”

“Building Cities to Break Crime: Investigating the Link Between Our Urban Environment and the Criminal Impulse to Prevent Crime in a Utopian Way”

“Building for the Future: How Can Eco-Friendly Energy-Saving Methods in Buildings Be Used in Houston?”

“The Transition to and Scheme of Implementation of Sources of Renewable Energy to Combat Climate Change”

“Straightwashing: Why It Happens and the Effects”

 

2021 Volleyball Wrap Up

Another successful Wildcats Varsity Volleyball season has come to an end! Woods High School did not compete in 2020, due to COVID-19 restrictions, so this season was even more special. The last time the Wildcats were in action was at the 2019 TCAL State Championship game where we fought a tough match against Seguin Lifegate only to come up a bit short. This season we had six seniors and two juniors on the roster, but it still felt like we had a “young” team. Most of the returning players either weren’t on varsity before or had very little court experience in varsity games. 

In August we started out strong during our annual sports camps. We worked hard those two weeks and felt like we were in a good place. We lost one of . our seniors the second game of the season due to a knee injury. We had to rally and figure out how to play as a completely different team and that took some time. We lost some hard games and fought through a lot of frustration. We had a busy district schedule that started the first day of school, so we had to learn fast. We moved players to different positions and asked everyone to step up and play smarter and better. 

The first half of District play was tough. We took a lot of teams to five sets but couldn’t finish games. Then things started to change. After our second loss to Banff, we saw a drastic change in our level of play. We ended up going on a 10-game winning streak. We earned some huge wins during that time, including beating the undefeated top seed, Angleton Christian. We took that momentum with us into the State Tournament. In our first game, we faced off against Bryan’s Talitha Koum, a tough team we played at the end of our regular season and took five sets to top. We knew what to expect from them and played some of our very best volleyball and finished them in three sets. That set up a district showdown in the Semi-Finals versus Humble Christian. We were nervous and played tight the first two sets and found ourselves in a 0-2 hole. We never gave up hope and fought to win three sets in a row to earn our spot in the 2A State Championship. 

In the State Championship game, we played Lighthouse Homeschool from Port Arthur, Texas on Saturday October 30th. The atmosphere was amazing. We had an incredible amount of support from our families and students that were able to make the trip and even some of our fellow district opponents. Every set was close and hard fought. We went to five sets and lost 23-25, 25-21, 20-25, 26-24, and 13-15. The game lasted over two hours and our team gave it everything they had. I could not be more proud of how far this team went this season. They could have used numerous excuses to not push and play hard, but they never gave up. We went from being a fourth place District team with a 3-4 record at one point, to the TCAL 2A State Runner-Ups. I have never coached a team that has fought this hard, and they deserve all the praise we can give them. We ended the season with a 16-10 record, seven All District Selections, four All State Selections, and two 2A All State Tournament selections. 

This was a season to remember for so many reasons, and we will miss this group of seniors very much. They leave an incredible legacy behind for our volleyball program and we can’t thank them enough for all they have done. I am looking forward to next season and I am excited to see how our younger players will step up and continue our tradition of working hard and pushing themselves to be the best they can be. Thank you, Class of 2022, for your dedication and we wish you all the best in the future! Go Wildcats! 

Coach Villanueva
Fall 2021

Pets, Pandemic & Carpool

This school year, masked students were good natured about having their temperatures taken each day in the carpool line. Temperature-takers were given the opportunity to meet family members, including the four legged and stuffed variety! Thank you for helping to keep our school community safe!

Woods High School Senior Thesis Presentations 2021

Senior Thesis is both a culmination and a commencement. It represents the culmination of our seniors’ work, giving students the opportunity to apply interdisciplinary knowledge to original research, which means that all that the students have learned and experienced will be brought to bear on their final paper. Senior Thesis is also a commencement, the start of work the students may continue in the years ahead. The goal of Senior Thesis is to afford students the opportunity to do lasting, meaningful work that they will continue to pursue at the university level.

The final paper is 20-40 pages in length and consists of two parts: a literature review that puts the students’ unique questions in the context of the history of thought and current research, followed by an original thesis, in which the students pose their own solution to the question they have been asking. In this process, students are reminded of library procedures, techniques of computer research, compiling references, and methods for finding, evaluating, and recording material.

Students become familiar with the major writers and works within their particular area of research. Students also work with experts in their field or subject of interest in the Senior Internship, which is closely coordinated with Senior Thesis to provide for one-on-one guidance with a mentor. As a final “examination” and celebration, students present their thesis to the school community.

Following are the titles of the 2020-2021 Senior Thesis Presentations:

“Flexible Working: Let’s Change the Way We Work”

“Questioning the Known: How T-Cell Therapy Offers a New Approach to Treating Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia”

“Government for the Future: Solving Service Delivery Issues in the City of Houston”

“The Future of Movement: Examining Competition Within the Sport of Parkour”

“The Mask You Wear: How Toxic Masculinity Affects the Growth of Young Adolescent Boys”

“Understanding Moral Development: The Missing Piece”

“How Black Lives Matter Has Been Affected by Misconceptions, Activism, and Social Platforms”

“Dousing the Fire from Inside the House: Investigating the Cultural Foundation of the American Criminal Justice System in Order to Create Sustainable Reform”

“How the Future of Advanced Technology Will Evolve Humans”

“Is AI a Positive or a Negative for Online Privacy?”

“Be Unexpected: Creating a Healthy Self Perception in Young Children Through the Usage of Childrens’ Illustration”

“Numbers Don’t Lie, But Reporters Might: Restoring the Reputation of American Political Polls”

“Back to Basics: The Exploration of Traditional Novel Substances as an Alternative to Modern Medicine:

“Weighing the Positives and Negatives of Religion”

“Treating the Abused Horse: Methods and Strategies for Addressing Horse Trauma and Abuse Rehabilitation”

“The Power of Music: How it Affects Our Brains and Our Bodies”

“Clinical Trials: Why We Need to Rely More on Human Testing”

“Cycles of Trauma: An Exploration of Domestic Violence in the South Asian Community Through the Lens of Generational Trauma”

“Why American Public High Schools Should Provide Effective Psychological Counseling for Anxiety and Depression for Their Students”